Major Ten Nostalgia ZX Spectrum Games


My excitement for the upcoming Spectrum Subsequent is increasing. It is creating me consider back to all the good ZX Spectrum games that I grew up with. Actually grew up with. Some of my earliest memeries, when I was six years old, are of playing on my trusty Speccy. There are dozens, nay hundreds, of games that I enjoyed in the course of my Spectrum’s life but I believed I would list out the ten that make me most nostalgic. These are not necessarily the very best Speccy games of all time or even my favourite Speccy games (despite the fact that that list would be really, really related) but these are the games that give me the warmest, fuzziest feelings when I consider of my ZX Spectrum.

Thro’ the wall
This game came on the Horizons tape that was shipped with most Spectrums. It was a very simple breakout clone. Really standard certainly but nevertheless really fascinating when it was the very first video game you had played at that time. Will often have a warm spot in my heart.

Auf Wiedersehen Monty
I genuinely liked the Monty series and this game stood out for me. I liked the graphics, the animation and the music. It didn’t squeeze into my top rated ten but it is nevertheless one particular of the games that I consider of when I consider of my Spectrum.

Daley Thompson’s Decathlon
This game was infamous for breaking joysticks, by way of also considerably waggling. Generally a Track and Field clone but named following the really cool Daley Thompson. I have good memories of playing this really competitively with my two older brothers.

Hyper Sports
My memory of Daley Thompson’s Decathlon truly merges into my memories of Hyper Sports. I vividly try to remember the box for Daley Thompson and referring to that game by name. I do not associate Hyper Sports as considerably with the Spectrum but I do vividly try to remember carrying out a weightlifting occasion and finding out all the names like Fly Weight and finding out what Bantam Weight was. But I consider that was only in Hyper Sports so I guess that is the game I’m obtaining mixed up with Daley Thompson.
Now for the actual Major Ten.

10. Cobra
This game, by the late good Jonathan ‘Joffa’ Smith is good. It is a common Spectrum style game with the vibrant colours against a black background, but the animation and gameplay could be named arcade high quality and the sound effects are amazing. I adore the small ditty when you start off the game that sounds like the Rocky theme, which will have to be a small nod to Sly. If you are not in the zone when you play it, this game can be fairly damn difficult also. 

9. Target: Renegade
The pseudo sequel to the arcade hit Renegade, this game was a large hit on the Spectrum. A marked improvement from its predecessor it supplied good gameplay and good graphics for its day. I loved the graphics so considerably that I distinctly try to remember spending hours recreating the character sprites employing the Spectrum’s personal clunky graphics mode on the top rated row of the keyboard. My very first foray into digital art. My really vivid memory is of my dad obtaining a buddy round at our residence and me proudly displaying them each my artwork.

eight. Penetrator
I had in no way heard of, however alone played, the renowned arcade game Scramble when I was 7 years old. So when we got this Scramble-clone on the Spectrum I believed it was amazing. It was one particular of the very first games we got and it blew me away, such as the ‘incredible’ fireworks on the title screen. It also often impressed me that it had the potential to style your personal levels also apparently, despite the fact that to this day I nevertheless have in no way truly attempted that. Not a lot of persons mention this game when they reminisce about the Spectrum. Possibly it is for the reason that the game title sounds a bit rude?! But I consider it is a classic anyway. Nostalgia smart this evokes memories of the precise handwritten text with the game’s name on the side of the cassette that this game was copied on (ssh, do not inform any individual).

7. Jet Set Willy
This game, along with Manic Miner is virtually synonymous with the Spectrum. For me Manic Miner was my favourite, as I will speak about later, but I have to incorporate JSW on the list someplace also, as I spent so a lot of hours playing it also. It was fairly unbelievable in these days to have such an open globe game, enabling you to go back into rooms you had currently been in, and the humour all through the game was good. A accurate classic.

six. Bruce Lee
When you speak about hours sunk into games in my life, this one particular is proper up there. My brothers and I just loved it so considerably. The gameplay was good, and was even much better when you could play two player and one particular of you was Yamo. This led to some amazing fights on screen and off! I in no way managed to total it, anything that I need to have to rectify in my adult life. Nostalgia-smart when I consider of this game I completely image myself becoming at our close friends residence in York that we would travel down to in the Autumn college holidays, and playing this game non cease with the little ones there one particular year.

five. Wheelie
This game does not get as considerably adore as it should really. I do not hear it talked about all that considerably in the retro neighborhood, but I definitely loved it. It felt genuinely fashionable to me, just in terms of the graphics, animation, cover art, story and so forth. The complete package felt cool and virtually sophisticated. The various sounds of the motorbike revving was accomplished genuinely properly. I didn’t even bat an eyelid at the levitating, giant hamsters. My principal nostalgia memory is that we had a vinyl collection in the very same area as our Spectrum and typically the cover art of Meatloaf’s Hits out of Hell album had been visible though I was playing this game, and that just fitted completely as there’s a cool motorbike on the cover. I nevertheless consider of Wheelie anytime I see that album cover art and vice versa.

four. Knight Lore 
These top rated 4 are incredibly close. Knight Lore holds a particular spot in my heart. It just seemed groundbreaking at the time and in just about every sense seemed a step above anything else. It had the classic Spectrum monochrome graphics against a black background but it was in an isometric style viewpoint, which hadn’t genuinely been accomplished ahead of, or at least not to such a level. And the quirky animation of Sabreman altering into the werewolf is just iconic. I located the game fairly difficult to play truly but the complete art and mystique about the game was anything else. The box art alone, plus the size of the box, in comparison with other games, had me hooked.

three. Jetpac
Jetpac is such a superior game. Initially of all it is so very simple. It is fundamentally just one particular screen that repeats itself, but with various aliens. What genuinely tends to make this game is its smooth animation and its realistic inertia. The physics are sooooo superior. It genuinely is a joy to play. And it does so properly with its bleeps and squelches with the Spectrum’s beeper audio chip. We often employed to consider that one particular of the noises sounded like farting. Children, eh?

two. Elite
I nevertheless uncover it staggering that they match Elite into 48k. Significantly less than 48k truly in reality. Elite is my all time favourite game on any platform. I could wax lyrical about Elite all day but I’ll save that for an additional time. My interest got piqued for the game when my Art college teacher when I was about 9 years old employed to inform us about this game he was playing exactly where he had adventures in space and traded guns and narcotics to make income inside the game to let him to obtain new weapons and make his ship extra highly effective, though all the time shooting down space pirates and attempting to not get in difficulty with the space police. It sounded a globe away from jumping about platforms. When I got the game myself I was hooked. I have possibly spent double the quantity of hours on Elite than I have on any other game. I also located a good post on the game in Your Sinclair which had guidelines from four top rated players on one particular web page. I employed to study and re-study that web page several occasions every single day. Right here it is right here. If this was a list of my favourite Spectrum games, or the games I invested the largest quantity of hours into, then this would win hands down. But in terms of nostalgia games it just gets pipped to the post…

1. Manic Miner
And now we come to the large boy of the Spectrum. I bet that if you took a poll of Spectrum owners and asked them which game was most synonymous with the Speccy at least 50% of them would say Manic Miner. It genuinely is iconic. That very first level, with the red walls and the weird yellow horn nosed creature is burned on the brains of all Spectrum owners. When I consider of platform games I do not consider of Mario games, I consider of Manic Miner, with it is pixel best jumps and staccato music. Some of the levels are bloody difficult as properly. And it is a common instance of a bedroom coding story, with the enigmatic Matthew Smith operating away on his bedroom, when he was only 16 I think, and obtaining to wait till his Mum had gone to bed ahead of he could code, for the reason that anytime she place the kettle on it crashed his pc. A accurate classic and undoubtedly the one particular that I have most nostalgia for when I consider of my Spectrum days. Even just that title music brings back all the memories!


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